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Education Department issues guidelines for restraining, isolating disruptive students
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In response to simmering concerns over reported abuses, the U.S. Department of Education issued multiple guidelines for how schools can avoid going overboard in restraining or isolating disruptive students. "As education leaders, our first responsibility must be to make sure that schools foster learning in a safe environment for all of our children and teachers," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement accompanying the release of "Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document." More

Math disorder 'dyscalculia' affects up to 7 percent of all students
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Severe learning disabilities in math, affecting up to 7 percent of all students, have been described as the mathematics version of dyslexia, the reading disorder in which people have trouble understanding or interpreting letters, words and symbols. More

ADHD behavioral therapy may be more effective than drugs in long run
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Cognitive and behavioral therapies that help young people reduce impulsivity and cultivate good study habits are costlier and take longer to administer, but may be more efficacious over time according to new findings. More

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Arizona expands school choice beyond students with disabilities
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Just a year after Arizona lawmakers created a school choice and scholarship program for students with disabilities, the program has been expanded to other groups of students, doubling its potential reach. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a measure that expands eligibility for empowerment scholarship accounts, which can be used to pay for private school tuition, tutoring, online courses, or saved and spent on college tuition. More

Moms descend on Congress to urge toxic chemical reform
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Christine Nienstedt is a fairly typical mom. Her time is stretched thin between work and her kids' soccer games — and navigating the array of toxic chemicals that fill her family's world. Nienstedt and her 11-year-old daughter, Tyler Cheyenne, joined about 200 other moms and children as part of the National Stroller Brigade in Washington, D.C. Their mission: convince Congress to retire the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act and replace it with the proposed Safe Chemicals Act, which currently awaits a Senate vote. More

New York City special educators integrate the arts into lessons
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Special-education teachers in New York City are participating in a program to incorporate music, movement and the arts into classroom instruction. The Everyday Arts for Special Education program, funded by a $4.6 million federal grant, focuses on using an arts-based, hands-on approach to help keep students engaged in learning. More

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New to the US market, the Medialexie Scribe 2012, is an innovative assistive technology that supports students in all areas of Learning. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text capabilities, writing, math and translating functions, students can access and use core material despite their learning differences. For more information, go to
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Teach, assess and engage students in the mastery of English language grammar and syntax patterns, including all verb forms. There is no limit to the number of sentences that can be created! Fun instructional games accompany every lesson to make learning fun.

How inclusion fosters success for students with learning disabilities
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Students with learning disabilities should be educated in inclusion settings alongside students who do not have disabilities, Gabriel Hottinger, a doctoral student at the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education, writes in this commentary. Hottinger, who has learning disabilities, credits her own academic achievements with her placement in an inclusive alternative school where she was challenged to succeed. More

Six great special-education resources for parents and teachers
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According to some education stakeholders, it's not always easy finding information on special education, especially when it comes to technology tools. That's why we've compiled this list of six special-education resources that provide vetted tools and technology that can help in many aspects of a child's learning. More

School studies the benefits of iPads in the classroom
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A group of educators — including teachers who work in special education — at an Alabama elementary school were part of an initiative this year to determine whether iPads help improve classroom instruction. Many educators agreed the devices helped improve participation and engagement in lessons and did not require much training. One special educator said the device was particularly useful in aiding communication for students with autism and learning disabilities. More

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Researchers studying how exercise affects the brain
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Exercise clears the mind. It gets the blood pumping and more oxygen is delivered to the brain. This is familiar territory, but Dartmouth's David Bucci thinks there is much more going on. More

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